I was watching FoxNews this afternoon, I happened to catch the beginning of Shepard Smith's news show. A minute or so into it, I turned on the DVR because he was talking about the shutdown and the wall and I wanted to be able to hear it again. Here's some of what Mr Smith said:
SS: Our reporting begins with a bi-partisan deal on border security. The Senate Majority Leader, Sen Mitch McConnell calls it good news. His Democratic counterpart Sen Chuck Schumer calls it a path forward. More conservative Republicans are crying foul, but [Shep Smith addresses Pres Trump] Pres Trump, are you happy?
PresT: Am I happy? At first glance, I just got to see it... the answer is NO. I'm not happy. But am I happy with where we're going? I'm thrilled, because we're supplementing things and moving things around and we're doing things that are fantastic, taking from far less important areas, and, uh, the bottom line is we're building a lot of wall.
SS: That's incorrect. He's been saying it for a while now, but it's simply not true. The facts are these: workers have replaced and repaired sections of the existing wall and fences, but so far they have not built anything new. Construction is set to begin on a 14 mile extension in the Rio Grande valley later this month, and this just-announced deal in Congress could create 55 miles of new fencing and barrier - no wall. That's if it passes in Congress and if the President signs it. Then, it's 10 miles less than what lawmakers offered the White House last year, long before the government shutdown....
SS continues: At his rally last night, the President said the wall in El Paso, where he was having te rally, turned a violent city safe. County officials passed a resolution condemning the President of the United States for that inaccurate assertion. You see, in 2006 when Congress authorized the El Paso section of steel fence, violent crime levels were at historic lows. They remain at low levels, as the Republican El Paso Mayor explained yesterday.
PresT: I don't care whether a mayor is a Republican or a Democrat, they're full of crap when they say it hasn't made a big difference.
SS: To that assertion, the Conference of Mayors issued a statement saying in part, this is simply a untrue.